In his first public appearance after the images after the intervention on his left foot came to light last Saturday, Rafael Nadal He delivered reassuring words on Wednesday. “My foot still has a bit sore. It is a difficult time, but I am excited and determined to face a difficult process that I must go through if I want to be in a position to fight for what I want again”said the tennis player from Manacor.
Unlike days ago Nadal took the stage mounted on the covered track of the Rafa Nadal Academy on his own foot and without crutches in the presentation of the docuseries and podcast about the academy that will premiere tomorrow on the platforms Prime Video, Movistar and Audible. “It was not in the script to be lame today or walk with crutches like two days ago, the plan was to play Wimbledon, the Olympic Games and the US Open but the basic thing is to accept things as they come, “confessed the world number 6.
Nadal will not compete again, at least, until the start of 2022 as he announced on August 20. The Mallorcan made this decision after relapsing from his chronic injury to the scaphoid of his left foot after the semifinals of Roland Garros versus Novak Djokovic in June. This ailment, which has haunted him since the end of 2005, forced him to first resign to participate in the third Grand Slam of the season and Tokyo Games, where he had the challenge of matching the individual gold medal achieved in Beijing 2008 and the other in doubles in Rio 2016.
Already in the month of August and after trying on the North American tour in the Washington ATP250, falling eliminated after playing two tough games against Jack Sock and Lloyd Harris that weighed him down even more, the champion of twenty Grand Slam titles decided not to participate in the Masters 1000 in Canada and Cincinnati prior to the US Open. A week later he decided to end the season.
“I have experienced many fantastic and incredible things, much better than I ever dreamed of”, Nadal himself pointed out who clarified, far from being frustrated, that also “unfortunately I have had more complicated things at the injury level but, as far as possible, I have always found a way to move forward “.
At 35 years old, the former number one of the ranking ATP recognized that, with the passage of time, “one must be realistic because it is increasingly difficult to recover because the clock does not stop but I still have that illusion “.
In addition to reiterating that his mood is optimistic, Rafa Nadal added another dose of positivism by stating that all these problems “they make you value positive things, as well as how lucky I am to be able to live them, and I will fight to do it again “.
Presentation of the docuserie and the podcast at the Manacor academy
The covered track of the Rafa Nadal Academy was yesterday the scene of the presentation of the docuseries and podcast about the training work that has been carried out since 2016 in the center and that premieres tomorrow on Prime Video, Movistar and Audible platforms. There were a hundred attendees at the event, including Rafa Nadal himself.